All systems go for six major highway projects in Valley

All systems go for six major highway projects in Valley



The construction season has just begun, but drivers already are noticing the orange barrels and slower speeds on highways and local roads.

Everything is going according to plan, said Ohio Department of Transportation District 4 spokesman Justin Chesnic.

“Six projects right now are active with lane restrictions,” he said.

A three-year bridge repair project on Interstate 680 in Youngstown is wrapping up, Chesnic said. This project, the rehabilitation of seven bridges, was slated to be completed in July 2013, but Chesnic said it will probably be done by the end of May.

Bridge painting and deck sealing are the only things left to be done to the Silliman Street entrance ramp to 680 southbound, 680 over Price Road and Mill Creek, Woodland Avenue over 680, 680 over U.S. 62/state Route 7, 680 over Delason Avenue, 680 over the railroad and Williamson Avenue over 680 — all in Youngstown.

Beginning today lane restrictions will be in place on 680 between state Route 711 and Midlothian Boulevard for drainage maintenance work, according to ODOT.

The big U.S. Route 224 resurfacing is not set to begin for at least another month, Chesnic said, but the replacement of bridges at 224 and 680 has been awarded to a contractor, so progess is being made.

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